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"Abortion Reversal" Bill Returns To Idaho Statehouse

Frankie Barnhill
Boise State Public Radio

A new bill under consideration in the state legislature would expand the informational pamphlet given to every woman seeking an abortion in Idaho.

Proposed by Meridian Republican Senator Lori Den Hartog, the bill would broaden Idaho’s informed consent law by including disputed information on how some women may reverse an abortion.


“The additional language would direct a patient where to find information or a healthcare provider who can answer questions related to the potential to reverse a chemical abortion,” Den Hartog says.


The treatment has drawn criticism from the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, which says claims of reversing chemically induced abortions aren’t backed by science.


Women take two pills in a chemically induced abortion. Those claiming reversals can work say an injection of the hormone progesterone given after the first pill, but before the second, can halt an abortion.


The national OBGYN group points out that women who only take the first pill can inherently carry a pregnancy to term between 30-50 percent of the time.


The initial 2012 study of six women by Dr. George Delgado, the group says, wasn't scientifically controlled.


Den Hartog says further studies have been conducted with results awaiting publication.


The bill was introduced Monday amid two no-votes from Democrats.


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